Salvation Army Dedicates New Food Bank Freezer

You might say it was "Christmas in July" at the Salvation Army of Siouxland today. In a ceremony postponed because of winter weather, this Tuesday the Salvation Army was finally able to dedicate a large walk-in freezer that was donated by Cargill. The 61 square foot freezer was essential last Christmas in helping volunteers prepare more than 700 food baskets for local families in need. That freezer is came with a 30 square foot refrigerator. "We could not have done this without the support of Cargill. We are just so thankful. Not only did they help us with capital, they helped us buy the products to put in the freezer," said Salvation Army Major Von Vandiver. The Salvation Army's food pantry regularly provides perishable goods for more than 4,500 families in the community. Cargill partnered with Thompson Electric and a paving company that wished to remain anonymous to have the freezer built specially for the food pantry.